Mike Riley Releases HONEST FOLK-Driven Single ‘Marriage’
Mike Riley picked up the guitar when all his friends were skateboarding. Music was his way into the crowd. Though he didn’t know it at the time, Riley was a natural songwriter and soon dropped the Dashboard Confessional covers to begin writing and recording in his high school bedroom.
His new song “Marriage” is an honest, folk-driven track about recognizing that any fulfilling relationship (a job, a friendship, a romantic partner) takes work and a conscious decision to stick it out. Though the song was inspired by his own experiences, the video centres around Toronto drag artist, BOA. It is a dark, glittery vignette about pursuing what you love and the moments that make it all worthwhile.
About Mike Riley
Mike Riley is a songwriter fond of big dogs and bigger guitars. He hasn’t let being born with a club foot in a small – shitty one store town or a divorce stop him from pursuing his passion for music. Riley picked up the guitar when all his friends were skateboarding. Music was his way into the crowd and like most teenage boys, girls were the motivator.
His storytelling is perhaps best summarized by Grammy Nominated/Juno Award Winning Producer Alex Newport (City & Colour, Bloc Party):
“his songs and lyrics deal with genuine subject matter, the trials and tribulations of life and love, and are written very much from the heart, and for this reason are very powerful and compelling, and stand out head and shoulders above much of the meaningless lyrics so prevalent in today’s pop world.”
Drawing comparisons to Noah Gunderson, Ruston Kelly and Donovan Woods, Riley will follow up this EP with a full-length release in 2020.
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